Brave Jane, 44, loses cancer fight

Professor Jane Moody
Professor Jane Moody

TRIBUTES have been paid to a professor who lost her brave battle with breast cancer aged 44.

Friends, family, colleagues and students of Jane Moody, a professor of English and director of the University of York’s Humanities Research Centre, have been mourning the loss of the highly-regarded talent whose infectious enthusiasm and drive were well known.

The daughter of the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire David Moody and Sue, Jane has appeared on television shows including Who Do You Think You Are? and BBC Four documentary Rude Britannia.

Her talents played a pivotal role to the University of York, and with her submission to the UK Research Assessment Centre, the English and Related Literature department was ranked as the best in the country.

The auntie-of-seven was heavily involved in the planning and design of the University’s Humanities Research Centre and became its first director in 2010 in honour of her dedication to the project.

Educated at Barnsley’s Ward Green Primary School and Wakefield Girls’ High School, Jane became a scholar at St Oxford’s Edmund Hall before being appointed to research fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge.

She joined the English Literature department at the University of York in 1997.

Jane continued to work before she died on October 28.